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TE Coby Fleener - New Orleans Saints

6-6, 247Born: 9-20-1988College: StanfordDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Fleener was a crucial part of the desperate comeback win over Washington. That could endear him to Drew Brees again, just as losses on defense could get New Orleans games on more high-scoring game scripts.

Week 12: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Drew Brees returned to form last week as he had his best game of the season, passing for 385 yards and two touchdowns while giving up one interception. These are the kind of big games we used to expect of Brees on a weekly basis, but he hasn't had as much of a need to pass this season since the Saints have been rushing the ball so effectively and are finally getting good play out of their defense. Michael Thomas had double-digit targets for the third straight week and sixth time this season as he hauled in six of 11 targets for 91 yards. Brees really spread the ball around last week as four players finished with five or six receptions and between 74 and 91 yards. Alvin Kamara continues to play a big role in the passing offense while Ted Ginn bounced back from a one-catch showing in Week 10 to post 87 yards from six receptions. Colby Fleener had his best game of the season also with 91 yards on five receptions, but he has been a non-factor since back to back touchdowns in the Saints first two games this season. The Rams defense had one of their worst games of the season last week as they gave up 24 points with neither a sack nor a turnover. Coming into last week, the Rams secondary had been playing pretty well as they had at least one interception eight of nine games with just one quarterback passing for over 260 yards against them. They were torched on a few big plays by the Vikings last week, particularly on behalf of Adam Thielen. The big culprit here was slot cornerback Dominique Hatfield, who was forced into the game when Kayvon Webster sustained a concussion in the first half. Webster's status this week is uncertain, but if he sits, this should provide a mismatch opportunity for Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn on the outside. The Saints let Ginn and Thomas alternate sides, so Thomas should see Trumaine Johnson on some snaps as well. Johnson did a great job on Stefon Diggs last week, so this is not as positive of a matchup. Overall, the Rams still have a solid secondary with very talented safeties and a couple of elite interior defensive linemen to apply pressure on the quarterback. While the Rams still may not be able to stop this high-powered Saints offense in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, it still should be a tough matchup on the road for Drew Brees and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
8 vs CHI 16 1 -1 0 0 -0.1
9 vs TB 22 2 46 0 0 4.6
10 at BUF 17 0 0 0 0 0
11 vs WAS 36 5 91 0 0 9.1
12 at LAR PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * * *
12 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *
12 at LAR PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs WAS (5 / 5 / 91 / 0 rec)

Heading into the fourth quarter, Coby Fleener did not have a catch or even a target. However, Fleener played a significant role in this comeback this week as he had 91 yards in the fourth quarter as the defense seemingly left him wide open at times as they played a soft zone coverage. Fleener who has been disappointing this season led the team in snaps as a tight end for the first time since week four. This is likely a scenario in which it is difficult to imagine Fleener's role increasing due to having a big garbage time performance this week.

2017 Week 9 vs TB (2 / 2 / 46 / 0 rec)

After disappearing in the Saints offense for weeks, Fleener reemerged with a big 33-yard catch and caught both of his targets. He still has not been the red zone target that he was brought in to be but was able to recoup a little value in the offense this week. Fleener showed great awareness on the 33-yard play and Brees frantically went through his progressions, could not find anyone open, scrambled in the pocket, and eventually found Fleener who had brought his route back to bail out Brees. The pass was only 9 yards down the field and Fleener rumbled on for another 24 before being tackled. This play was immediately followed by another 33-yard pass to Alvin Kamara for a touchdown. It has been a rough season for Fleener since the first two games but hopefully this is the bounce back that he needs to get going.

2017 Week 7 vs GB (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Another game, another example in the continued decline of Coby Fleener. The big tight end was supposed to play a big role for the Saints this season but has seen his production drop from the first two weeks of the season. His lone big play today came on a 17-yard catch up the seam. Fleener has also been a non-factor in the red zone since his two garbage-time touchdowns to open the season. Fleener is not at risk of losing his roster spot unless the Saints are willing to bring someone else into the organization to replace him.

2017 Week 6 vs DET (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Fleener completely disappeared today in the Saints offense. He was unable to corral his only target of the game and has not been effective since week 1. Fleener has 11 receptions on the entire season and looks to be losing playing time to Michael Hoomanawanui who scored the second receiving touchdown of the game. Fleener has not topped 50 yards since week one and just does not look to be the same weapon he was last season for the Saints.

2017 Week 4 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Fleener's value came in that he is often forgotten about with all of the other weapons the Saints have. After scoring touchdowns the first two weeks of the season, opposing teams have keyed in on Fleener and not given him any room to run. Fleener's best play came on a 12-yard catch up the seam against the linebacker but he was unable to break free for the rest of the game. With Willie Snead coming back from suspension there may be more room for Fleener to run on the field but he is also going to see his number of targets decrease. Fleener will need to re-establish himself next week against the Lions or he may get forgotten again in the Saints offense.

2017 Week 3 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)

The Panther's defense must have decided that they were not going to let Coby Fleener beat them this week as the big tight end only managed one catch the entire game. Fleener had broken free for a touchdown in each of the season's first two games but found no room to run today. Even with multiple attempts in the red zone, Fleener did not even draw a target near the end zone. The Saints have enough weapons to spread the ball around but Fleener seemed almost non-existent on the field today. Aside from Fleener's 21-yard catch down the sideline, the only other stat line comes in the offensive pass interference call that negated a first down play.

2017 Week 2 vs NE (4 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)

Today's game script seemed almost identical to last week against the Vikings. Fleener was quiet for the majority of the game but was able to find some holes up the seam late in the game to help the Saints move the ball. Fleener's extra effort touchdown came when Brees put the ball a full yard short of the goal line and the big tight end reached the ball over as he was being tackled. This put the Saints within two scores, but it was too late in the game to mount a comeback. Fleener has been contained for the first few quarters of the first two games but seems to find an extra gear in the fourth quarter. If Fleener can sustain this production over the course of a whole game he will be in for a very big season.

2017 Week 1 vs MIN (6 / 5 / 54 / 1 rec)

Fleener had the most productive night of any Saint in the passing game as he took advantage of the soft coverage by the Vikings. Brees was able to find Fleener up the seam or settled in between the void behind the linebackers and in front of the safeties. Fleener accounted for the lone Saints touchdown in the fourth quarter when he went up to take a ball away from corner Trae Waynes in the end zone. Fleener is expected to play a big role in the red zone as was a safety valve for Drew Brees all night.

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Latest News

Saints | Coby Fleener shows signs of life (Sun Nov 19, 10:27 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener caught five passes for 91 yards in a in a 34-31 win over the Washington Redskins in Week 11.

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Schedule

12@ Los Angeles Rams
13vs Carolina Panthers
14@ Atlanta Falcons
15vs New York Jets
16vs Atlanta Falcons
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